Each year as summer draws to a close, many recent high school graduates throughout the Commonwealth prepare to begin a new academic year filled with hopes and dreams for a bright future along with the boundless excitement of entering into the next phase of the educational ladder to success. "Higher Education Opportunities for High School Graduates in the Commonwealth" would make the college experience possible for more Massachusetts high school graduates by providing the same hopes and dreams to those young adults currently excluded from certain benefits due to their immigration status.
Children, even if they lack certain documents, should be offered “in-state tuition” alongside their peers if they earn acceptance into a state college after studying for three or more years at a Massachusetts high school. This policy would encourage all youth to do well in school, model culturally-competent leadership and benefit the entire Commonwealth in many ways.
Across the Commonwealth, many educators and religious leaders build bridges between diverse communities, nurture the hopes and dreams of students and work hard to create a just society. "Higher Education Opportunities for High School Graduates in the Commonwealth" provides the legislature an opportunity to do the same. This legislation embraces and models justice for all.
The Massachusetts Catholic Conference is the public policy office of the Roman Catholic Bishops in the Commonwealth, representing the Archdiocese of Boston and the Dioceses of Fall River, Springfield, and Worcester.
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